Zechariah 14: The Second Coming of Jesus Christ

Old Testament Seminary Student Study Guide, (2002), 192


When you think about the Second Coming of the Savior, are you thrilled, frightened, or a little of both? Zechariah 14 describes some of the events that will happen at the time of the Second Coming. As you read, look for verses that could help a person be less worried about the Second Coming of Jesus Christ, remembering that “if ye are prepared ye shall not fear” (D&C 38:30).

Understanding the Scriptures

Zechariah 14

Spoil (v. 1)Wealth 
Rifled (v. 2)Robbed 
Ravished (v. 2)Raped 
The residue of the people (v. 2)The rest of the people 
Living waters (v. 8)May literally mean fresh water, may symbolically mean knowledge from heaven 
Former sea, hinder sea (v. 8)the Dead Sea and the Mediterranean Sea 
Turned as a plain (v. 10)Made like a level valley 
It shall be lifted up, and inhabited in her place (v. 10)Jerusalem will be raised up but not moved out of her place. 
Consume away (v. 12)Rot 
Tumult (v. 13)Confusion or panic 
Feast of tabernacles (vv. 16, 18–19)A holiday to remember how the Lord prospered the children of Israel in the land of Canaan after he led them there 

Zechariah 14:6–7—It Will Be Light at Evening Time

Compare Zechariah 14:6–7 to 3 Nephi 1:8, 15–17.

Studying the Scriptures

Do activity A as you study Zechariah 14.

Activity A iconEvents before the Second Coming

  1. 1.

    According to Zechariah 14:1–7, what great miracle will the Lord perform for the Jews at the Second Coming? (see also D&C 45:47–53).

  2. 2.

    According to Zechariah 14:20–21, how will the situation on earth be different when the Lord comes?

  3. 3.

    What events related to Zechariah’s prophecy of the Second Coming help you anticipate when the Savior comes again? Read also Isaiah 11:4–9; Doctrine and Covenants 29:7–13; 133:17–35 for additional details on events prophesied in Zechariah.

  4. 4.

    Read Doctrine and Covenants 106:4–5 and identify what you can do to be prepared for the Second Coming if it comes in your day so that it will be a glorious day for you rather than a dreadful one.